supercell Release Music Video For New Single & Announce Official supercell Shop & Cafe
31.July.2019 | MUSIC
The vocalists for supercell’s upcoming new single #Love have been announced. Set to be released on September 11, the song will feature female vocalist Ann and male vocalist gaku.
The two were selected via a vocalist audition held by supercell a while back. This also marks the first time a male singer has featured in a supercell song.
The official music video for #Love feat. Ann, gaku directed by Atsunori Toushi is now available on frontman ryo’s official YouTube channel. You can now also purchase the song for digital download before its official CD release.
An official supercell-themed store called the “spcl shop” and cafe called “Yukkuri Shimau Moto supercell” will open on floor B2F of Ikebukuro P’PARCO for a limited time from August 17 to September 29. As well as the shop and cafe, there will be events too where fans can look back at and appreciate supercell’s past works.
The shop’s merchandise lineup and cafe menu will be posted on supercell’s official website so be sure to check it out if you’re in Tokyo this summer!
#Love feat. Ann, gaku
Release Date: September 11, 2019
・Limited Pressing Edition (CD+Blu-ray): ¥9,000 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11270～11272] *Includes special paper bag, limited pressing edition exclusive sticker, and special rock glass
・First Press Limited Editon A (CD+Blu-ray): ¥5,000 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11273～11275] *Includes special paper bag and first press limited edition exclusive sticker
・First Press Limited Editon B (CD+DVD): ¥4,800 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11276～11278] *Includes special paper bag and first press limited edition exclusive sticker
・Regular Edition (CD-Only): ¥1,300 (Tax Included) [SRCL-11279]
spcl shop & Yukkuri Shimau Mato supercell Cafe
Location: Ikebukuro P’PARCO FLoor B2F, Higashi-Ikebukuro, Toshima Ward, Tokyo
Closest Station: 1-minute walk from Ikebukuro Station’s East and North exits
supercell Official Website: https://www.supercell.jp/
BAKE CHEESE TART will be baking up another fresh flavour which will be released in BAKE CHEESE TART shops across the country from November 15. The new featured flavour is of a Japanese Satsuma sourced from Shizuoka prefecture called Mikka Mikan. The brand new Mikan Cheese Tart will be sold at BAKE CHEESE TART shops countrywide.
The Mikka Mikan Satsumas used for the cheese tart are sourced from Shizuoka, which is renowned for its deep history of producing Mikka Mikans, which are a kind of Satsuma Mandarin (Unshu Mikan). The Mikka Mikans are used to make a purée and powder which is then mixed with an original recipe cheese mousse for the tart.
This flavour first arrived at BAKE CHEESE TART’s PARCHÉ branch in Shizuoka to celebrate its grand opening back in November 2018. The tart was intended to be a delicacy limited to the Shizuoka branch and to only be sold for a limited time. However, following its immense popularity, the Mikka Mikan Cheese Tart is going to be released again this winter for a limited time.
The mild and fresh cheese mousse is perfectly balanced with the tangy sweetness of the Mikka Mikans. The subtle sweetness of the biscuit base makes for the perfect match with the soft cheese mousse which will melt in your mouth.
BAKE CHEESE TART is also running an Instagram campaign involving the hashtag #おすそわけタルト. Those who purchase the Mikan Cheese Tart and post a photo of it on Instagram during the limited time period have the chance to enter a prize draw for a BAKE CHEESE TART coupon.
Warm up your heart with a soft and sweet, freshly-baked cheese tart and join in the campaign fun.
Mikan Cheese Tart
Price: ¥280 each (Tax Included)
Selling: November 15, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Available at: BAKE CHEESE TART shops across Japan *Not available at ASSE Hiroshima and SAN-A PARCO CITY branches.
More Information: https://cheesetart.com/en/
Instagram Campaign Information #おすそわけタルト
Running: November 15 – November 30, 2019
Prize: A coupon for 6 freshly-baked cheese tarts from BAKE CHEESE TART (20 winners)
* For more information on application requirements and how to apply, please refer to BAKE CHEESE TART’s social media websites.
BAKE CHEESE TART Official Website: https://cheesetart.com/en/
Sleigh Bells Ring at Tokyo Disneyland This Year With Plenty Of Food & Merchandise to Go Around
Jolly faces are all around at Tokyo Disney Resort right now as Disney Christmas kicked off last Friday. It’s set to sleigh its way up to Christmas Day this year.
The editorial team at MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON jumped ahead and got a taste of the festive fun at the parks recently, so we’re going to showcase some more of the seasonal food and merry merchandise you can get your hands on this Christmas at Tokyo Disneyland.
Food that makes you want to kick back and enjoy a nice break
Special Set – ¥1,500 @ Grandma Sara’s Kitchen
Grandma Sara’s has created the perfect hot lunch for warming up cold guests this year, adorned with a clam and seafood tomato cream, cheese and white sauce. Dip your bread into the rich sauce and tuck in! For dessert, you get a cranberry cake inspired by the look of a snow-tipped Christmas tree.
Hot drinks of all kinds
‘Tis the season to stay warm, and so Tokyo Disneyland has devised a line-up of tasty drinks to warm the cockles of your heart, with flavours ranging from ruby chocolate to matcha and tapioca cheese teaーa unique flavour that’s all the rage right now.
We actually covered these drinks in detail last Monday, so check out our report here.
Deck the halls with these dessert & souvenir sets
Cranberry & Tea Cake With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere
Strawberry Dessert With Souvenir Cup – ¥800 @ Sweetheart Cafe and elsewhere
Head to the Sweetheart Cafe to enjoy some desserts which come with cute take-home souvenirs, like cups and plates. The cranberry and tea cake is a subtly sweet cake with a fragrant tea flavour and filled with sweet and sour cranberries.
The strawberry dessert is like strawberry shortcake with ascending layers of cake batter, cream, and strawberries. It’s topped with holly to give it that Christmas-y finish.
Chocolate Doughnut – ¥380 @ Cleo’s and elsewhere
The chocolate doughnuts at Cleo’s are completely lathered in a chocolate danish-like dough and custard cream.
The doughnuts even come in this cute Mickey and Minnie packaging, who are dressed ready and for giving gifts to guests.
If you pay an extra ¥700 you can get this adorable pouch featuring Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Daisy as snowmen.
Have a merry little Christmas with these holiday season goodies
Headband – ¥1,800
Fun Cap – ¥3,000 / Plush Toy Wristband – ¥1,700
Feel happy simply by placing these Mickey & Minnie headband ears and getting into party mode. The park has also developed a Christmas version of the Pluto fun cap so he has reindeer antlers and holly attached. Both items were previously available in a pre-sale on the park app, so depending on the shop you visit, they may have none left in stock. But if you see one, be sure to grab it quick!
There’s also a Mickey version of the Minnie Mouse plush toy wristband. Wear one and have your friend or loved one wear the other!
Popcorn Basket – ¥2,400 @ The Gazebo (Popcorn Wagon)
Pick up some popcorn served in a Christmas present basket decorated with cute illustrations of Mickey and company celebrating Christmas.
It comes strung with a ribbon decorated with green, red and white colouring like a candy cane.
Spend a Disney Christmas this winter at Tokyo Disneyland where you can stay warm with some comfort food and dress up!
Model: Yuna Yabe
Writer: Sayuri Mizuno (MOSHI MOSHI NIPPON)
Translator: Joshua Kitosi-Isanga
Disney Christmas 2019
Running: November 8, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Tokyo Disneyland: https://www.tokyodisneyresort.jp/en/tdl/event/detail/tdl_christmas2019/
Butter Sandwich Shop PRESS BUTTER SAND Releases Uji Matcha Flavour at Tokyo Station
The butter sandwich specialists over at PRESS BUTTER SAND are bringing their famous Uji matcha flavour butter sandwiches to their Tokyo Station branch on November 13.
Known as the Uji Matcha Butter Sand, this tasty snack was developed to celebrate the grand opening of the Kyoto Station branch of PRESS BUTTER SAND. Due to high demand, they’ve decided to take the product to Tokyo for a limited time.
The exterior is made with butter cream and carefully selected Uji matcha. You get the full rich flavour of the matcha and delicious taste of the butter at once. The sandwich itself is filled with bitter matcha butter cream and sweet caramel butter for a sumptuously smooth combination that marries temptingly with the crunchy cookie exterior.
The sandwich biscuits come in packaging that features navy Kyoto-esque artwork inspired by the characteristic cultivation method for Uji matcha which blocks out sunlight. The sandwiches themselves are individually packaged in matcha green packets to contrast with the box.
Don’t miss out on a chance to enjoy the flavours of Kyoto while in Tokyo. Available at Tokyo Station only.
Uji Matcha Butter Sand
Price: Box of 5 – ¥1,150 (Tax Included) / Box of 9 – ¥2,070 (Tax Included)
Shop: PRESS BUTTER SAND Tokyo Station
Available: November 13, 2019 – November 30, 2019
Official Website: https://buttersand.com
Orders Now Open For Japan’s Ultimate Mochi Brand ‘THE OMOCHI’
dot science launched a new brand on Wednesday called ‘THE OMOCHI.’ Together with the brand’s partner Kasaharamochiーa Miyazaki-based mochi making companyーthey are aiming to update one of Japan’s most recognised traditional confections: mochi.
Kasaharamochi make their mochi using an old-fashioned method that is almost extinct which makes use of a kamado BBQ and firewood. They shoot towards making the ultimate mochi.
In the video below, one of the staff members at Kasaharamochi discusses the cooking techniqueーthe oldest method, but the one that creates the most delicious mochi around.
Ingredients are carefully selected and placed carefully into the fire to steam. Kasaharamochi has continuously sought this ancient technique to cook the perfect mochi, a flavour which has been eaten by emperors and the imperial family during celebrations. This mochi has now been dubbed THE OMOCHI.
For the first line-up of the THE OMOCHI brand there will be 5 different types of mochi.
Pickled Egg Yolk & Soy Sauce
Cinnamon Honey Bar Mochi
THE OMOCHI website is also showcasing how best to eat and enjoy mochi as well as what is possible with this sweet treat. The website offers wine pairings, what to eat mochi with, original recipes and more, so be sure to check out the website.
THE OMOCHI Original Recipes: https://theomochi.com/#recipe
THE OMOCHI Line-Up (10 Included)
01. Plain – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
02. Genmai Rice – ¥1,200 (Before Tax)
03. Shrimp – ¥1,500 (Before Tax)
04. Walnut – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
05. Soy – ¥1,400 (Before Tax)
THE OMOCHI Official Website: https://theomochi.thebase.in/
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo to Hold Christmas Evening Party at Le Jardin Restaurant
Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo has announced that it will hold a special Christmastime “Evening Party” from December 20-25 at Le Jardin, the hotel’s stylish cafe/restaurant that offers a gorgeous view of the hotel’s quiet garden landscape.
The Evening Party will take place just a little later than afternoon tea time where customers can tuck into some succulent meat and fish. The hotel has held it for the past 14 years, and anyone that has experienced it will tell you that you’ll want to go back after trying it once.
At the party, seasonal food is served on an extravagant 3-tier hors d’oeuvres stand together with champagne. You will never forget the taste of the chef’s specially-prepared thick cut roast beef, as well as your own choice of dessert, tea, coffee and more.
The roast beef in particular is hugely popular, with repeat customers flocking to get a taste of its delicious flavour. It’s seasoned with salt, fennel, rosemary and juniper berries, and garlic before being browned in the frying pan and subsequently cooked in an airtight pack together with a mirepoix made from carrots, onions, celery and other ingredients on a low heat at 63°C for 3 hours. This is the secret to the meat’s popularity, resulting in soft and succulent heaven.
Menu items will be served in Christmas colours, including some made to look like Christmas trees, and there is also a meal plan that includes a present.
Enjoy a wonderful dinner time this Christmas in Tokyo at Hotel Chinzanso Tokyo.
Christmas Evening Party
Running: December 20, 2019 – December 25, 2019
*Musical performances to take place on December 20 and 21 (18:30-21:00)
Time: 18:00-22:00 (Last Orders 20:30)
Location: Le Jardin, Hotel Chinzaso Tokyo Floor 3F
Price: ¥4,600 (¥8,000 w/ present) (Tax & service charge not included)
Reservations/Enquiries: 03-3943-0920 (10:00-21:00)
Tokyo Station’s Best Rice Bowl & Noodle Dishes as Voted by Commuters
Tokyo Station and surrounding facilities are currently holding the “Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019” tournament from October 7 to November 24 to find out people’s favourite rice bowl and noodle dishes at the station.
The past three tournaments have focused only on rice bowls, but this year sees the introduction of noodles too, with past restaurants in Kitchen Street and GRANSTA competing once again as well as new ones in ecute Tokyo and KITTE for a total of 13 participating station areas. 92 dishes are in the line-up, the biggest list to date.
The current rankings for the rice bowl and noodle categories have finally been unveiled, so let’s take a look at the Top 3 of each to see which is leading the race.
Category Is: Rice Bowl
Ultimate Japanese Spiny Lobster Bowl – ¥2,200 (Tax Included) @ Tsukiji Sushiko (GRANSTA Marunouchi)
Tsukiji Sushiko was the victory of last year’s grand prix. This year, they’ve whipped up a hearty seafood bowl made with a whole Japanese spiny lobster and 11 other delicious critters from the ocean.
Premium Wagyu & Uni Otsukimi Date – ¥2,530 (Tax Included) @ Uniya no Amagokoro (Kitchen Street)
Served with sliced premium brand wagyu, this bowl is topped with uni sea urchin eggs and ikura salted salmon roeーa luxurious combination you won’t find anywhere else.
Ura Ooedo Tempura Bowl – ¥1,800 (Tax Included) @ Tenkiyo (Grand Roof)
This is an alternate version of the restaurant’s famous Ooedo Tempura Bowl, served with delicious tempura.
Category Is: Noodles
MISO JIRO – ¥1,000 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Style Miso Ramen Do Miso (KITTE GRANCHE)
A super-filling bowl piled with pork char siu and a mountain of vegetables.
Lanzhou Wagyu Noodles – ¥950 (Tax Included) @ Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles
Authentic Lanzhou ramen served by the Halal-certified Mazilu Lanzhou Beef Noodles, customers can choose between nine different thicknesses for their noodles to satisfy their palate.
Dehydrated Hamburger Bolognese – ¥1,190 (Tax Included) @ HAMBURG WORKS
Enjoy the full flavour of the hamburger meat made from Japanese black wagyu beef and served with pasta.
Be sure to use this list as reference if you’re looking to eat while travelling through Tokyo Station!
Tokyo Station Rice Bowl vs. Noodles Grand Prix 2019
Running: October 7, 2019 – November 24, 2019
Locations: Kitchen Street, Kurobei Yokocho, Kitamachi Dining, Grand Roof, Grand Roof Front, GranAge, GRANSTA, GRANSTA Marunouchi, KITTE, ecute Tokyo, ecute Keiyo Street
Participating Restaurants: 91
Menu Items: 92 (79 of which are exclusive to Tokyo Station)
Tokyo’s Instagram-Worthy Christmas Cakes Are a Must-Grab This Holiday Season
10.November.2019 | FOOD
With Halloween now out of the way, it’s time to plunge ourselves into that Christmas spirit! We’ve compiled a list of some of the most delicious-looking and Instagrammable Christmas cakes available to buy in Tokyo this year that make for the perfect Christmas party accompaniments.
Noel Tokyo Station Hotel @ Tokyo Station
Noel – ¥6,200 (Tax Included) @ Tokyo Station Hotel
This chestnut cake is inspired by the pine pillars that supported the Tokyo Station Marunouchi station building until it was restored. It has a chestnut and sweet potato base and is layered with chestnut mousse and coffee mousse to recreate the rings of a tree which are used to tell a tree’s age.
*10 served per day
*Reservation Window: November 5 – December 17, 2019
*Delivery Window: December 22-25, 2019
*Online reservations available. Exclusive to GRANSTA.
More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/267999
pon pon×Chris.P @ Tokyo Solamachi
Crispy Cakes (Happy Wreath/Santa/Reindeer) – ¥508 Each @ pon pon×Chris.P (East Yard Floor 2F) [Available From November 15]
These tiny crispy cakes are another great little bite to eat. The cute Santa version is cookie and milk flavoured and has marshmallows as the fluff of his hat.
More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/269015
Café Cova Milano @ GINZA SIX
Panettone Babbo Natale – ¥7,407 @ Café Cova Milano
Cova’s panettone is made with a secret recipe that has been handed down since the beginning of the 19th century.
More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/265169
Tokyo Disney Resort
Christmas Cake: ¥1,480 / Available at: Tokyo DisneySea (Horizon Bay Restaurant), Tokyo Disneyland (Queen of Hearts Banquet Hall)
There’s lots going on at Tokyo Disney Resort this year, at both Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea. Don’t miss out on this cute Mickey and Minnie Mouse Christmas cake!
More Details: https://www.moshimoshi-nippon.jp/266495
Which is your favourite from the list? Christmas cakes are a must-have on Christmas Day, so make sure you pick one up before the big day!
Witness the Breathtaking Illuminations and Tokyo City Night Lights at Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019
10.November.2019 | SPOT
Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 is set to run from December 1 to 25.
The event will take place at Shinagawa Season Terrace, a towering office building in Tokyo, where the rolling grass lawn will be lit up beautifully with enchanting blue lights. They offer a breathtaking view against the city nightscape of Tokyo’s skyscrapers. Last year’s event saw nearly 17,000 people in attendance.
2019 marks the 4th run of the event, and this year, the long staircase leading up to the lawn will also be lit up, welcoming visitors to see the illuminations from their first step upon arrival. The lights will flicker in 10 different patterns from the first floor (ground floor) up to the second.
Entry is free, and visitors will be able enjoy an unbroken view of the structural spectacle that is Tokyo Tower too. If you’re in Tokyo this December, be sure to mark Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019 in your calendar for the holiday season.
*Pictured photos are for illustrative purposes only
Shinagawa Season Terrace Illumination 2019
Running: December 1, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Shinagawa Season Terrace (1-2-70 Konan, Minato Ward, Tokyo)
Access: 6 minutes on foot from Shinagawa Station’s Konan Exit (JR Line side)
Event Website: https://sst-am.com/
*The event will take place if there is light rainfall but will be suspended in the case of stormy weather
5 Must-Visit Spots in Kyoto For Autumn Scenery: Floor Reflections to Flowery Temple Water Basins
10.November.2019 | SPOT
Kyoto’s autumn hues have enchanted travellers, tourists and locals alike for untold years. Today, we are joined by Macchan, an Instagrammer who has provided us with their incredible photographs of Kyoto’s breathtaking autumnal scenery. Take note of these locations for your next trip!
Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School
Wachu-an is a merchant and heritage home with a long history dating back to the early days of the Showa Period (1926–1989). It’s normally off-limits to the public, but opens during autumntime for everyone to visit. This year, it will be open from November 22 to December 1.
Trickling away in the large gardens is a small river, and enveloped in the gorgeous greenery connected to a passage on the slant of the foothill is the reception hall and a western-style house. When autumn rolls around, visitors enjoy the beautifully polished veranda of the Japanese-style room together with the floor of the western-style building which reflects the surrounding sights beautifully.
Wachu-an, Notre Dame Jogakuin Junior and Senior High School
Autumn Opening: November 22, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Address: 110 Shishigatani Sakuradanicho, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto
Price: ¥600 (Discount for groups of 15+) / Free for junior high school students and younger
① 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 5 from Kyoto Station
② 7 minutes on foot from “Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 100 from Kyoto Station
③ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 93 or 204 from Jingū-Marutamachi Station (Keihan Electric Railway)
④ 5 minutes on foot from the “Kami Miyanomaecho” bus stop via the Kyoto City Bus 32 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)
⑤ 9 minutes on foot from the “Shinnyodomae” or “Kinrin Shako Mae” bus stops via the Kyoto City Bus 203 from Kyoto-kawaramachi Station (Hankyu Railway)
Yanagidani Kannon, also known as Yokokuji Temple, is holding the event “Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week” from November 2 to December 1. It includes special access to the Joshoin which is normally closed to the public, workshops, flower decorations at the temple’s purifying water basin, and more.
Enjoy the beautiful natural landscape surrounding the temple, dyed in the red and yellow hues of autumn. For more details on this event, click here.
Yanagidani Kannon Autumn Colours Week
Running: November 2, 2019 – December 1, 2019
Time: 9:00-16:00 (Joshoin open 10:00-15:00)
Location: Yanagidani Kannon, Yokokuji Temple (Dōnotani-2 Jōdodani, Nagaokakyo, Kyoto)
Entry Price: ¥300
Full Ticket: ¥1,100→¥1,100 (Includes entry to multiple areas)
Access: 15 minutes by taxi from Nagaokakyo Station (JR Line) / 10 minutes by taxi from Nishiyama Tennozan Station
Official Website: http://yanagidani.jp/
Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)
Shinnyo-dō Temple is a famous sightseeing spot during autumn as tourists and locals flock to see autumn fall around the ancient structure. From mid-November, the maple and ginkgo trees blossom from their beautiful buds along the stone path leading up to the temple.
The three-storied pagoda is a sight to behold during this time of the year, as is the carpet of fallen leaves behind the main temple which symbolises the curtain call of autumn. On average, the autumn foliage can be observed until early December here every year.
Shinnyo-dō Temple (Shinshōgokuraku-ji)
Address: 82 Jōdoji Shinnyochō, Sakyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Opening Hours: 9:00-16:00 (Reception open until 15:45)
*Restricted access to the garden and Shoin on November 10 and December 8
Price: ¥1,000 (¥900 for elementary school children, free for those younger)
①Take the Kyoto City Bus 5, 17 or 100 bound for Ginkaku-ji (銀閣寺行き) from Kyoto Station and alight at Kinrin Shako Mae from which it is an 8 minute walk
Official Website: https://shin-nyo-do.jp/
This quiet little mountain temple sits tucked away halfway up the mountain known as Koshioyama. The temple as it is today was restored in the Edo Period. It’s a popular hiking spot amongst travellers as it offers a panoramic view of the Kyoto Basin (京都盆地), but it also attracts a lot of visitors during the autumn season.
The reflection of the autumn foliage from the water is nothing short of breathtaking. The hike up is tiring, but worth it, so if you’ve the stamina we highly recommend putting this one on your list. You won’t be disappointed.
Address: 1639 Ōharano Ishizukurichō, Nishikyo Ward, Kyoto, Kyoto Prefecture
Donation Fee: ¥200
①Take the Hankyu Bus 65 from Mukōmachi Station (JR Tōkaidō Main Line) or Higashi-Mukō Station (Hankyu Railway) and get off at the last stop, Minamikasugacho (南春日町), after about 25 minutes. It’s then a 60-70 minute walk from there.
②Board the Keihan Kyoto Bus at the East Exit of Katsura Station that is bound for Oharano & Nagamine (大原野・長峰). Get off at the last stop, Nagamine, and it’s a 50-60 minute walk.
Byodoin Temple, listed as a World Heritage Site, is also a popular spot in the fall. You can take some spectacular photos of the temple from across the lake. The height of the autumn foliage this year is late November to early December.
There is more information on the foliage dates on the official website, so be sure to check it out before visiting at the link below.
Address: Renge-116 Uji, Kyoto
Price: General ¥600 / Junior High School Students ¥400 / Elementary School Students ¥300 (*Includes garden and Byodoin Museum access)
①10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the JR Nara Line from Kyoto Station
②10 minutes on foot from Uji Station via the Keihan Main Line from Gion-Shijo Station
Foliage Info: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/flower/
Official Website: https://www.byodoin.or.jp/
If you want more information about Kyoto on the best spots to visit, be sure to follow Macchan on Instagram.
Given Anime Film Slated For Spring 2020 Release, Teaser Visual Unveiled
Given is a popular boys-love (BL) manga by Natsuki Kizu that is serialised in Shinshokan’s Cheri+ magazine. An anime adaptation aired Fuji Television’s noitaminA programming block from July to September this year. When it first aired, the series blew up amongst female fans on Japanese social media whose praised its mix of music, visuals, youth and BL. At the end of every episode, words related to the series trended Twitter in Japan.
At the end of the final episode of the series, it was announced that a film would drop in 2020. It was revealed today that it will be released in spring 2020. The film will be produced by BL anime label Blue Lynx, with the voice cast reprising their roles, as well as Hikaru Yamaguchi returning as director and Yuniko Ayana as screenwriter.
A new visual was teased today in line with the announcement featuring Haruki and Akihiko hanging out in Haruki’s house.
Fans who attend the Animate Girls Festival (AGF) can get their hands on a postcard featuring the illustration of the new visual when they purchase pre-sale tickets at the event. Additionally, if they buy pre-sale tickets for all three of Blue Lynx’s upcoming films (Saezuru Tori wa Habatakanai – The Clouds Gather, L’étranger de la Plage, and Given), they can receive a set of 5 postcards with illustrations by Yoko Tanji and story by Shion Miura. These are limited in stock and available while supplies last. There will be subsequent select sales on Blue Lynx’s page on noitaminA on November 15 from 18:00 (JST).
©︎Natsuki Kizu・Shinshokan / Given Production Committee
Animate Girls Festival (AGF)
Dates: November 9 – 10, 2019
Time: 10:00-17:00 (Last Entries 16:30) *First tickets available from 9:00
Booth No.: Y-21 (Blue Lynx)
Official Website: https://agf-ikebukuro.jp/s/agf/?ima=4248
Release Date: Spring 2020
Official Website: given-anime.com
Star Wars Themed Cafe Opens at Tokyo’s Marunouchi Cafe
To celebrate the upcoming release of Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker this Christmas, a promotional event entitled “STAR WARS Marunouchi Bright Christmas 2019 – Precious for you-” is taking place in the Marunouchi area of Tokyo from November 7 to December 25.
As part of the promotion, a cafe named “RISE CRYSTAL CAFE” themed on the film will open at the Marunouchi Cafe on the first floor of the Marunouchi Building skyscraper, with meals, drinks and desserts inspired by the movie.
*Menu item names listed below are translated from Japanese.
Dark Side Pasta – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
If you’re of the Dark side of the Force, then you’ll devour this pitch-black squid ink pasta served with an eggplant and bacon tomato sauce. If you sink into the darkness low enoughーor just fork far enough into your pastaーyou’ll find some delicious mascarpone cheese.
Holiday Wreath Taco Rice – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
Featured on this round Christmas wreath are familiar faces from the Star Wars franchise including C-3PO, R2D2, and BB-8. It’s made with assorted rice and topped with various vegetables like tomato and avocado, as well as cheese.
Galaxy Present Sandwich – ¥1,650 (Tax Included)
A present delivered from space, this tall sandwich is layered with ham, tomatoes, and vegetables, and is served with a side of R2D2 soy milk cream cheese.
Starry Christmas Chicken (Serves 1-2) – ¥1,980 (Tax Included) *Available at dinner only
Served succulently on the bone, this gorgeous piece of chicken is served with four different kinds of sauces based on the far far away stars of the night sky.
Light Side Soy Milk Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
If you lean towards the Light side of the Force, then you’ll love this subtly sweet parfait made with soy milk soft serve ice cream and soy milk cream. It’s also topped with chocolate mint ice cream and agar-agar that gets its blue colour from natural ingredients.
Dark Side Soy Charcoal Parfait – ¥1,320 (Tax Included)
This chocolate parfait is crowned with black bamboo charcoal soy milk cream and agar-agar. The gentle sweetness of the soy milk ice cream mixed with the sweet and sour blackcurrant sorbet makes for a delicious pairing.
Light & Dark Fizz – ¥880 (Tax Included)
This one’s for both Light and Dark seekers, a refreshing tea drink coupled with the common mallow herb. See what happens when you pour the elderflower and lemon syrup into the beautiful blue beverage.
Blue Milk – ¥880 (Tax Included)
Chewy blue jelly floats around in this drink which is made with low-fat almond milk.
Black Ginger Ale – ¥880 (Tax Included)
This jet-black ginger ale is made with bamboo charcoal and a ginger syrup that’s made in-house. Its refreshing flavour makes it the perfect meal accompaniment.
Commemorate the final film in the Skywalker saga with a Star Wars-inspired meal!
©2019 & TM Lucasfilm Ltd.
RISE CRYSTAL CAFE
Running: November 7, 2019 – December 25, 2019
Location: Marunouchi Cafe (Marunouchi Building Floor 1F)
Lunch – [Weekdays] From 11:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] From 10:00
Dinner – [Weekdays] From 16:00 / [Weekends & Holidays] From 17:00
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Trailer Released For Ringo Sheena’s Upcoming Greatest Hits Album
09.November.2019 | MUSIC
Ringo Sheena’s greatest hits album Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~ is finally set to hit shelves next week on November 13. This will be her first-ever greatest hits album release since her debut 22 years ago.
There’s a lot going on right now for Ringo Sheena fans. The music videos for her newest song Kouzen no Himitsu, which is used as the main theme for the TV Asahi Friday night drama Jikou Keisatsu (Time Limit Investigator), and Roman to Soroban, featuring Hikaru Utada, have already amassed over 2 million views together. But the fun doesn’t stop there, as a trailer has just dropped to tease her forthcoming greatest hits album. Check it out below.
A spot promo was also released. Check that out below too.
The official Japanese liner notes for the album were also released on the special site set up for the release. In them, Ringo talks about the conception of the new songs.
The booklet included with the album features an AR marker. When purchasing the CD at a store in Japan, a leaflet will be given explaining how to use it.
To commemorate the release of the album, fans can enter for a chance to win the prizes listed below when purchasing the CD at select stores.
- A Prize: Acrylic Paper Weight
- B Prize: T-Shirt
- C Prize: Paper Bag
- Runner-Up Prize: Bookmark
For info on which stores are participating on which days, please check the following website: https://sp.universal-music.co.jp/ringo/news/191108/ (Japanese)
Newton no Ringo ~Hajimete no Best Ban~
Release Date: November 13, 2019
First Press Limited Edition (2 Discs): ¥3,300 (Before Tax) [UPCH-29348/9]
*Once all First Press Limited Edition copies sell out, 2-disc Regular Edition [UPCH-20535/6] copies will be sold
*First Press Limited Edition copies include 2 bonus tracks (remixes of Marunouchi Sadistic and Jiyu-Dom), a special case, and AR content in booklet
Ringo Sheena & Hikaru Utada – “Roman to Soroban LDN ver.”
Digital Release: November 2, 2019
Ringo Sheena – “Kouzen no Himitsu”
Greatest Hits Album Special Site: https://sp.universal-music.co.jp/ringo/newton/
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